Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) for Students with Disabilities (GC#19-019)

Application (Fill In) updated June 3, 2019
Contract Template 
Bidders Conference Presentation
Pre-ETS Bidders Conference video (transcript)
Questions and Answers

Purpose of Grant:

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) for Students with Disabilities (Pre-ETS for SWD) - Provision of Pre-ETS to students with disabilities in secondary, post-secondary, non-traditional or alternative education programs (between the ages of 14 and 21) who need such services and are potentially eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation services.

Please Note: The Pre-ETS RFP is entirely separate from the CRS2 RFP. The Pre-ETS RFP is soliciting bids from vendors to serve potentially eligible students. All providers that meet the RFP requirements are encouraged to submit a bid, including current VR providers. 

Project Period:

Pre-Employment Transition Services for Students with Disabilities will result in contracts for a five (5) year project beginning on January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2024.

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible applicants are not-for-profit and community-based organizations that provide services to students with disabilities; community rehabilitation programs; independent living centers; institutions of higher education; New York State public school districts, approved in-State private schools for students with disabilities, Special Act School Districts, (see link below), State supported schools and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). Eligible applicants must apply individually.

Additional information on approved private schools, Special Act School Districts, and State-supported schools is available the New York State Education Department’s Office of Special Education webpage.

Eligible applicants must have experience providing education, employment, job readiness and/or related support services to students with disabilities. Funds are intended to establish new efforts and may not be used to supplant funding of other existing efforts. Funds from this source must not be used to pay for any transition services that are also considered special education or related services and that are necessary for ensuring a free appropriate public education for students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). Applicants must have a working partnership with the local VR District Office and must also collaborate with at least three different community partners (refer to project requirements).

Amount of Funding:

There may be up to 25 contracts awarded, one (1) for each ACCES-VR District Office catchment area except for Buffalo and Syracuse which will have two awards and one (1) for each Satellite Office (Elmira, Geneva,  Harlem, Johnstown, Middletown, Riverhead, Spring Valley, Staten Island), resulting in capacity in all areas of the state, pending receipt of applications with passing scores. If applying for more than one District and/or Satellite Office, applicants must submit a separate proposal for each office. Each approved project will be funded at up to $300,000 per contract year unless additional funding becomes available in future years. 

Application Due Date and Mailing Address:

Submit one (1) original and two (2) copies of the application and an electronic (Word) copy of the application by email to postmarked/emailed by July 1, 2019 to: 

New York State Education Department
Pre-ETS for Students with Disabilities
Room 580 EBA
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12234

Bidders’ Conference:

A non-mandatory Bidders’ Webinar Conference will be held on May 10, 2019 from 10am-12pm to provide potential applicants with the details of the application process and allow an opportunity for questions and clarification on the RFP process. To participate in the Bidders’ Webinar, please click on the link below:

Webinar Login URL:

Attendee Phone:              712 432 1001

Attendee Access Code:    457 915 382

Questions and Answers:

All questions must be submitted via E-Mail to by May 13, 2019. A complete list of all Questions and Answers will be posted to ACCES procurement website no later than June 7, 2019.

Non-Mandatory Notice of Intent:

The Notice of Intent (NOI) is not a requirement for submitting a complete application by the application date; however, NYSED strongly encourages all prospective applicants to submit an NOI to ensure a timely and thorough review and rating process. A non-profit applicant’s NOI will also help to facilitate timely review of their prequalification materials. The notice of intent is a simple email notice stating your organization’s (use the legal name as it appears in the Statewide Financial System (SFS)) intent to submit an application for this grant. Please also include your organization’s NYS Vendor ID. The NOI due date is May 31, 2019. Please send the NOI to

Updated June 3, 2019